My 2019 was a year of a lot of transition and curve balls. Plenty of changes happened to my life that totally overturned my comfort zone. 
The first half of the year was slow-paced but filled with a lot of LakbayBoky, but a storm was brewing come July. 

Here is my monthly recap of my 2019. 

January


My January is a slow month.. It started by slapping me of how aging heats me badly with the 10 Year Old Challenge. Dang, I’m getting old!! Also saw this XXL slippers at the newly opened Ayala Capitol Central here in the city. 
And still sporting this long curly hair.

February


The family went to Lantawan View and Duyan Cafe to celebrate the Birthdate of Tito Noel. It’s a day full of family fun and bonding with the amazing view of the mountains.

 

And of course, Patriots won the Super Bowl with the most defensive strategic game in the history of NFL. 

February also was the month where 2 teams from La Consolacion College Bacolod, Team Gabay and Team Runi, together with the Provincial DICT Office and HyBrain CEO John Dave Duenas joined national remote coaching of Philippine Startup Challenge 5. 

We learned a lot from this discussion and went back to our drawing board to improve our entries for the national competition.

March

March 2019 was a month of Centennial celebration and a lot of LakbayBoky.


Image source : Wilfredo Lumagbas Photography

La Consolacion College Bacolod marked its 100 Years (Centennial ) celebration. The oldest Catholic educational institution, LCC Bacolod, celebrated this grandiose event by inviting alumni since the 50s to join the event. The event was totally historic that it will not be forgotten until the next centennial celebration.



LakbayBoky goes Cebu City.

The LCCB IT seniors had their annual educational field trip. This is a 4 day event where they visited companies, schools and tourist destinations to further learn how the industry conducts its processes. 

Here is a video of the tour. Credits to Melvin Pacurib

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“When we want to help the poor, we usually offer them charity. Most often we use charity to avoid recognizing the problem and finding the solution for it. Charity becomes a way to shrug off our responsibility. But charity is no solution to poverty. Charity only perpetuates poverty by taking the initiative away from the poor. Charity allows us to go ahead with our own lives without worrying about the lives of the poor. Charity appeases our consciences.”
― Muhammad Yunus

March also brought a historic moment of my life. This was the first time meeting a Nobel Peace Prize Awardee .

As a member of the academe, if there is an event that defines my year, it will be the Social Business Youth Summit held in De La Salle, College of St. Benilde, Manila. This is the gathering of social entrepreneurs, teachers, social enterprises, students and other social business volunteers. The event also brought the Father of Social Business “Professor Muhammad Yunus”. 

After the summit, we had the chance to meet all the Luzon team of the AC Family.   Thanks to our boss for giving us the chance to gather and meet each other for the first time. I also met the Dev Team, the two Mara’s. We had the whole geek day of food and travel.

And then going back home, also had the chance to meet again the Team VisMin here in Bacolod.




April

Summer is here! It’s this time of the year again. Summer vacation is also LakbayBoky season. 

April started with another batch of my students graduating with pride and smiles on their faces


One day after the graduation, two groups from La Consolacion College Bacolod, competed in the National Finals of the Philippine Startup Challenge 2019 held at Grand Xing Imperial Hotel, Iloilo City. 

As the coach, I am totally proud of my students. Kudos to Team Runi and Team Gabay



Then after a year of teaching and programming, it’s to have my well deserved summer vacation. 

First destination, one of the best island to chill out, Siquijor Island. This time it’s a family affair. Together with my cousins and aunts, it  was the time to explore the renowned beaches of Siquijor.

If there is one thing that makes me go back to Siquijor, I think it’s the view of sunsets and the beaches ..




The next summer trip is to one of the most popular tourist destination here in the Philippines. SIARGAO !!

The Siargao trip was totally live up to its hype. This was also may first Mindanao trip and it opened my eyes of how beautiful the beaches and coves down there. 
Siargao was a haven of tourists, local or foreign, Siargao is truly the climax of my summer trip. 





May

May is slow and steady. 
It started with a despedida dinner for my aunt and cousins who will be going back to Italy. 


It’s time again to go back to Manila for the Schoology Connect. A 2 day workshop for educators tackling Learning Management System and its benefits to modern innovative education. 

It was also a fruitful encounter after meeting the Fil-Am co-founder of Schoology, Mr. Tim Trinidad. 


June

Entering the second half of the year and the preparation for the new semester, June is more of waiting and chilling. Some alumni students of IT, planned a mountain trip at the Don Salvador Benedicto. So we packed our bags and spent the night under the stars, and of course on top of the mahjong table.


June is also a popular month to get married. Boky joined the union of love for my friends Mr. Von and Lissett Garcia. Congratulations to the new wed couple. 

LAnd finally to end the month, LCC Bacolod gave recognition to the performances of its employees and teachers. Yours truly received some certificates of appreciation from my educational institution for all evaluations of the last academic year. This provided me new inspiration to continue to work hard and become a better teacher for my students. 

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